Alfred University recruits FCA’s Dawson Felenchak

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A few weeks ago, midfielder Dawson Felenchak (Horseheads HS) announced his commitment to play at Alfred University next year. We caught up with Dawson and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Alfred University.

Here are Dawson’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. My family and I chose FCA because of all the great coaches and people who run FCA and because of the great exposure they give you.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA meant a lot to me, it’s a brotherhood that I will never forget and created life long friendships.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My role models are my parents and my brother because they have always pushed me to be the best person I could be and to never give up.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The most enjoyable times I had with FCA is strengthening my faith during the huddles and hanging out with my teammates at the tournaments.

Q. Why did you choose Alfred University?
A. I chose Alfred University because of the great academic and athletic programs they have. Alfred was the best fit to make me a better person and to give me a good opportunity to play lacrosse for 4 years.

Thank you Dawson.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Hobart Statesmen recruits FCA’s Adam Davis

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A few months back, midfielder Adam Davis (Baldwinsville HS) announced his commitment to play at the Hobart Statesmen next year. We caught up with Adam and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Hobart College.

Here are Adam’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. My family and I chose FCA because of the coaches and the faith it brought to the team. Playing the top teams in the country and getting closer to my faith was why we chose FCA.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. A love for Christ and lacrosse with a bond of brothers that will never be broken.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My role models are my parents.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The huddles with all the guys after games.

Q. Why did you choose Hobart College?
A. The reason I chose Hobart because it will give me the best opportunity to grow as a person and enjoy playing lacrosse for another four years while I get a great education only an hour away from home.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Mercyhurst University recruits FCA’s Shawn Doran

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A few weeks ago, midfielder Shawn Doran (Hilton HS) announced his commitment to play at Mercyhurst University next year. We caught up with Shawn and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Mercyhurst University. We also asked Shawn if he had any advice for juniors and seniors during the recruiting process.

Here are Shawn’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. The reason I chose FCA was because one of my best friends, Mitchell Buckert, had started playing FCA. He and his family shared how much they loved the program and recommended we give it a try. After 7 years with the program – it was very obvious how much I liked FCA.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA has meant a lot to me but building life-long relationships with coaches and players alike has been the most impactful not only for me, but for my parents as well. We all have met some great families throughout the years and we look forward to keeping in touch with them in the future. Also, all of the Coaches throughout the years have shown a lot of confidence in me.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My role models are my parents – Kathy and Patrick. They have always supported me with all of my activities from academics to athletics to relationships. They have helped me attain my goals by holding me accountable and having achievable expectations.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The most enjoyable part about FCA has been strengthening my Faith through the Huddle discussions, friendships and playing with and against some of the best lacrosse players throughout the Country.

Q. Why did you choose Mercyhurst University?
A. I chose Mercyhurst University because of the strong Sports Medicine/PT program; they have a successful lacrosse team; I have already started building a solid relationship with the coaches and players; and I feel I can be an impactful player immediately.

Bonus: Any words of advice for high school juniors / seniors going through the college process?

Words of advice to Juniors/Seniors would be to put in the hard work and stay positive because good things will happen for them. I would also suggest each player find the best fit academically – don’t get caught up with D1, D2 or D3 labels.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Limestone College recruits FCA’s Sammy Thomolaris

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A few weeks ago, midfielder Sammy Thomolaris (Pittsford HS) announced his commitment to play at Limestone College next year. We caught up with Sammy and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Limestone College.

Here are Sammy’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. I chose FCA because I wanted to play with the best and be coached by the best. I saw a lot of talent on the 2019 roster and I knew right from there we could win some big tournaments and do something special.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA has meant a lot to me and my family. It was very affordable, it creates a brotherhood with your teammates and coaches. And finally it gives you a chance to play the top competition from around the country.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My main role models for FCA was Coach Kelly. He always pushed us to be the best person we could be on an off the field. He told us the situations and the things college coaches would look for and how they would recruit us. Coach Kelly was a huge role model to me and I thank him for being such a great coach and person.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The one thing I enjoyed most about playing FCA was the brotherhood with my teammates. I met kids from all over NYS and I continue to have relationships with them even if they live hours away.

Q. Why did you choose Limestone College?
A. I chose Limestone, because I fell in love with the school and coaching staff. In addition I wanted to play at the highest level and compete every year. They have 5 national Championships and I was given the opportunity to give them another title and contribute to the team right away.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Nazareth College recruits FCA’s Conor Kelly

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A few weeks ago, Conor Kelly (Aquinas – Defense) announced his commitment to play at Nazareth College next year. We caught up with Conor and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Nazareth. We also asked Conor if he had any advice for juniors and seniors during the recruiting process.

Here are Conor’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. I chose to play for FCA because of my three older brothers who played for FCA before me. I saw the close friendships they had made and how they had grown as people and I knew FCA would do the same for me

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA has been something I have looked forward to every summer since sixth grade. It has taught me more about my faith and family.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My biggest influences in lacrosse have been: My varsity lacrosse coach from freshman year, Brian Sutton. Coach Sutton believed in me and taught me almost everything I know about lacrosse and my position. John Wellington, who convinced me to switch to play defense, as well as Sol Bliss, they both taught me so much about lacrosse and defense and helped me get to the level to be able to play college lacrosse. My three older brothers are also all role models and influences in my life and are always there to push me to do better and to always work hard.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. The thing I enjoyed most about playing with FCA was building friendships with kids from all around the north east and getting to spend my summers with great people every year.

Q. Why did you choose Nazareth College?
A. I chose Nazareth College because of its amazing reputation for its Physical Therapy program and because of its exceptional lacrosse program. Nazareth really is a great fit for me because I get to pursue my passion as well as continuing my love for lacrosse.

Bonus: Any words of advice for high school juniors / seniors going through the college process?

Some advice I have for younger players is to enjoy the journey, it may not be the same for you as it will be for other players. I started FCA on the Orange team for two or three years. I had a chance to try out for Navy and earned a spot where I played for the rest of my time with the FCA. Remember it is not where you start, it’s where you end up.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Alfred University recruits FCA’s Justin Mosher

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A few weeks ago, attackman Justin Mosher (Hilton HS) announced his commitment to play at Alfred University next year. We caught up with Justin and asked him a few questions regarding the FCA and him choosing Alfred University. We also asked Justin if he had any advice for juniors and seniors during the recruiting process.

Here are Justin’s answers below:

Q. Why did you and your family choose to play for FCA?
A. My family and I chose FCA because I wanted to be able to compete at a high level every practice and game. I also wanted to be part of a team where I was able to build good relationships with my coaches and teammates.

Q. What has the FCA meant to you?
A. FCA means a lot to me, because it gave me the opportunity to make new friends and learn a great deal about myself and the game of lacrosse.

Q. Who are your role models?
A. My role models are my Dad and my coaches. They have all taught me not only about the game of lacrosse but also about becoming a better person.

Q. What do you enjoy most about playing for the FCA?
A. My most enjoyable memories while playing for FCA had to be hanging out with my teammates at the hotels. All of my teammates have become more than friends to me, they are like brothers. These are relationships I will have for the rest of my life.

Q. Why did you choose Alfred University?
A. The reason I chose to attend Alfred University was because it had all I wanted in a school. I would want to attend Alfred, even if I was not playing lacrosse. I really enjoyed my visits to campus and spending time with all of the Coaches, players and students.

Bonus: Any words of advice for high school juniors / seniors going through the college process?

My advice for players who are looking to play at the next level. First off you want to look at school that has the major you are looking for. You are attending college to get your degree, not just play lacrosse. Secondly, make sure it’s a school that you are comfortable with, because this is where you will be living for the next four years. Lastly, you have an opportunity to play four more years of lacrosse. Try to find a place where you have an opportunity to play as much as possible, during your four years.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

NCAA Placement

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FCA Ramps Up Efforts on Player Recruiting and NCAA Placement

Each year, FCA Upstate Lacrosse continues to place kids into the right colleges where they have achieved success. More than ever this summer, FCA is able to allocate more focus and effort into assisting their players and their parents in the process of deciding where they want to attend college.

One of the factors for FCA’s success in recruiting is the high level of tournaments. Some of the showcase events that FCA’s players receive invitations to be a part of include: Blue Chip 225, Elite 100, Jake Reed Invitational, 3d Blue Chip, Adrenaline Blackcard, FLG Legit 120, and the Under Armour All-American Games.

Another contributor to the growth of FCA’s recruiting process has been the high caliber of FCA’s coaches who not only prepare the players for high-level tournaments and their next level of play but who are also diligent in utilizing their networks to make connections and introductions for the players.

Where are our players committing? Where do our alumni play?

“As a program, we stay up-to-date on the recruiting process and as the process continues to change, we continue to stay abreast of current trends and protocol. It’s something that we continue to focus on as we support the parents and the kids through the process,” said boys program director Solomon Bliss who recommends players for showcases, events and contacts college coaches on behalf of the players. Bliss also helps talk the parents through the recruiting process steps to help find the best fit for their son.

All Recruited Years FCA players also receive a Sports Recruits membership that helps connect them with college coaches and organize their recruiting process through webinars and training sessions. Another building block in the ever-strengthening recruiting process: those FCA players who get placed into colleges and experience success who often return to the FCA program. “When they return to coach and ‘give back’ to the program, we only get stronger,” Bliss said.

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Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

What Makes FCA Distinct?

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There is a reason that FCA has continued to grow so significantly since it was started in 1954. FCA takes the athletic aspect of the program as serious as every other club, and conducts the sports component with a high level of excellence, yet what makes FCA different – and clearly desirable — is the integration of faith and sport.

Our players celebrate one another’s accomplishments as they play and live under our core values of integrity, serving, teamwork and excellence. “FCA provides a unique atmosphere that allows coaches and players to explore their faith for the first time, if they desire to, or deepen their existing faith. Although we view the faith aspect of the program as being more important than the athletics, the real power of FCA’s program is where coaches and athletes learn to integrate their faith into the athletics, while continuing to excel in the sport that they are passionate about,” said Sean McNamara, FCA’s VP of Field Ministries in the Northeast and Canada.

While FCA’s program remains focused on its mission, it also continues to challenge its coaches and athletes to live out and demonstrate the FCA four core values of Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence. These topics are often discussed during FCA huddle time – something that parents, players and coaches alike seem to find refreshing and desirable in a sports program.

Regional Camp and Community Coordinator Sol Bliss believes that the relationship-building that occurs among and between coaches and players is one things that makes FCA’s program standout. “Because we are in contact with our program 33 weeks of the year, our coaches and players are able to maintain on-going relationships where they can really develop depth with each other. This quantitative time allows for both character-building and skill-building on a deeper level than you find in most programs.”

Leanne Rorick, whose son Chase plays defense for the Northeast 2020 team, believes the huddle time is something that sets FCA apart from other teams her son plays with. “During the huddles the coaches and players inspire the best performance and leadership from one another, and it is a place where they can safely and excitedly share their common love for Christ and his teachings. My son’s FCA coaches are mentors and stewards of faith, and he can count on them, on and off the field.

Chase Rorick recounted a 2015 Stowe tournament where the common bond that the players have through Christ helped them gel when they got together to play — regardless of the lack of field time they had together prior to the event.

“At Stowe, a 2020 team was formed by coaches with FCA kids from multiple teams in the Syracuse and Rochester regions. We hadn’t practiced together at all before the tournament, yet we bonded immediately and played like we had played together all season — or even longer! The ties we share because of our faith really just pulls us together naturally. We ended up coming in second place overall in the tournament, and a bond of brotherhood was instantly formed,” Rorick said.

For Scott Barnard who has been involved with FCA as both a player and a coach, that common bond of Christ speaks to how the coaches react to the players and how the kids respond: “A lot of life is who you surrender yourself to – so having the opportunity to be around other spiritual coaches that motivate and encourage one another and pick each other up, and having a focus that is more concentrated on how you play the game — and not just results — is very different today. Mistakes are made on the field and in the game, but we have that common bond of Christ and we know we are doing our best, and there’s a certain way people move forward and interact with each other because of that,” Barnard said.

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Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.

Year-Round Training

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FCA’s Year-Round Training Enhances Competitiveness and Fosters Relationship-Building

For the nearly 300 athletes who participate annually in FCA Northeast’s Lacrosse Program, the time-commitment is not insignificant. In a 52-week year, the coaches and staff are in contact with the players for 33 of those weeks.

“Our FCA program is invested in bringing our athletes through not only the year, but also the program, with a goal of supporting our kids at every level and through each level,” said Sol Bliss, Regional Camp and Community Coordinator.

Bliss cites several benefits to the program’s schedule. “With our year-round program we have a consistent, on-going relationship with the kids, and we aren’t always having to restart. There is an entire process set up for the 33 weeks we are with them where our coaches reinforce all of the strategies we implement, and continue to build on them from week to week.”

“If we didn’t have that amount of time with them, we would have to concentrate more on just preparing our teams for the tournaments when we’re together, but this structure allows us to focus on the development of each individual player,” Bliss said.

Paula Mitchell, girls lacrosse coach, stated, “We understand that performance on the field is often impacted by relationships being nurtured off the field. Having time to grow as a team during the “off season” is critical to building team trust and comradery.”

Another unique part of the FCA Lacrosse teams is our Training Camp at the beginning of our summer season. This training camp is a three day overnight camp with intense instruction and training. Watch the highlight video from the boys camp this past year.

According to Tony Rorick, whose son Chase plays defense for the Northeast 2020 team, one of the positives of FCA’s year-round lacrosse program is the development of strong bonds among the players. “FCA is a family, a brotherhood for each team and for the program as a whole. The players lovingly accept new talent to their teams and play together during many seasons together as a bonded unit, which naturally helps strengthen their skill as teammates as well as their friendships. Our son wants to return to his team, to FCA, to his ‘brothers,’ year after year,” Rorick said.

Shannon Smith, whose son Hunter is a defenseman for Rochester Navy 2022 team, is also a fan of the year-round training philosophy: “From a competitive standpoint, year-round opportunities are absolutely critical. The bonding of players, and having consistent coaching points centered on basic offensive/defensive schemes, will lead to individual and team success.”

For Scott Barnard who has been the head men’s lacrosse coach at Hamilton College for the past decade and has been involved with FCA as both player and a coach, stresses the value of consistency in having the kids for 33 weeks of the year. “With this schedule, the others coaches and I have the opportunity to watch them grow as we are involved with them on a regular basis. FCA’s program has a pretty similar message across the board that stresses character, attitude and perseverance. And the kids are all hearing the same message from multiple people week in and week out, as they learn that they are not just representing themselves, but the whole organization and God,” Barnard said.

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Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.